FSNS Launches One Road Campaign

TRURO, NS – Farmers aren’t exactly surprised to learn that they often face the ire of commuters when they need to take their farm equipment onto Nova Scotia’s roads and highways. What does surprise them is the number of motorists who would rather risk their own lives, and the farmers’ lives, rather than slow down.

It’s an issue that Farm Safety Nova Scotia is prioritizing in its latest campaign called, “One Road”. The objective of the campaign is twofold; keep farmers, workers and commuters all safe when farm vehicles are on highways with motorists travelling at high speeds, and making sure farmers/workers are adhering to safe practices when using provincial highways and roadways.

“As we are in the midst of fall harvest season, Nova Scotians are going to see more of our farmers and farm workers out on the roads transporting goods in slow-moving farm equipment,” said Carolyn Van Den Heuvel, manager with Farm Safety Nova Scotia. “This campaign is to remind everyone that we all share the same road, but use it for different purposes. Whether it’s the farmer or the motorist – road safety is everyone’s responsibility.”

Van Den Heuvel makes clear that while their message hopes to create greater awareness and understanding about farm vehicles operating on Nova Scotia’s highways, there is also a key role for farmers and their workers to play in making sure they follow safe practices and vehicle compliance regulations.

Farmers are often traveling short distances on the road; however they are typically only travelling 30 – 40km/hr.  The equipment is wide and can be longer than you expect. When you see a slow-moving vehicle, slow down and use caution.

“Farming is vital to our economy here in Nova Scotia and has been for a long time. People seem to realize and respect this until they find themselves behind a slow-moving tractor on the highway,” said David Newcombe of Cornwallis Farms, “Getting on the road with our equipment is stressful, we know we are holding motorists up, we need motorists to know that we’re just doing our jobs and we want to do them safely.”

The campaign will feature print ads and social media communications over the next few months and is expected to expand in the spring of 2019.

Changes to OHS Act

As of June 12, 2017 amendments made to the Occupational Health and Safety Act will come into effect. The changes will address the following:

  1. clarify the definition of an injury or serious incident and how to report it
  2. extend the authority of the OHS director to deal with repeat offenders who continue to put others at risk of serious injury

View the OHS Bulletin – Act Amendments for more details of the amendments.

View a copy of the updated OHS Act.

For anyone interested in reviewing the details of the revised Act,  visit the link to Bill 165 (below):


2016 Annual Report

The 2016 Annual Report is now available online.  If you missed our Annual Meeting on December 2nd, be sure to check it out!

October Connection Newsletter

Checkout the October edition of our Connection newsletter.  You’ll find information on upcoming on-farm inspections, strategic planning and more!

March Connection Newsletter

Did you miss the March edition of the Connection Newsletter? Check it out at March Connection.

Farm Safety Activity Book

The Farm Safety Activity Book is designed to teach children about some of the hazards that exist on the farm.  There are “On your farm…” activities associated with each topic.  These activities are designed so that children take what they have learned from the activity and apply it on his/her farm.  The “On your farm…” activities should be completed with the supervision of an adult.

Click here for a print version of the Farm Safety Activity Book.

Tractor Safety Course – November 21 & 22

Farm Safety Nova Scotia is pleased to announce that we have partnered with Extended Learning of Dalhousie Faculty of Agriculture to offer Tractor Operator Safety Training in numerous locations across the province. This course will be available at discounted rates to registered farms and 4-H members. Participants must have a valid Nova Scotia Class 5 or 8 driver’s license.

This course is designed to increase awareness and test competency of tractor operators with regards to safe operation and use of farm tractors and implements.

What you will learn

  • Safety
  • Highway regulations
  • Pre-operation checks
  • Safe starts and stops
  • Connecting and hauling various implements

Please note: This course is not intended to teach tractor driving. You must have at least 10 hours of supervised tractor driving experience before taking this course.

Date and Location: November 21-22 – Dalhousie Agricultural Campus, Bible Hill

Cost: $225/person

Click here for the application form. Applications to be submitted to Extended Learning, Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture.

When an OHS Officer Inspects Your Farm

Have you ever wondered about the process or follow-up required if you are inspected by an Occupational Health and Safety Officer of the Department of Labour and Advanced Education?  Check out the When an OHS Officer Inspects Your Farm fact sheet to learn more about the process.
Farm Safety Nova Scotia is available to assist you post-inspection. Contact us if you have any questions or concerns regarding a workplace inspection.

Farm Safety Nova Scotia Annual Meeting

Farm Safety Nova Scotia will be holding its Annual Meeting Friday, November 27 at 1pm, Glengarry Best Western, Truro.

We will be joined by Stewart Franck, Executive Director of the Fisheries Safety Association, who will be speaking on “Making Safety the New Tradition”.  Stewart will tell us about the health and safety challenges faced by the fishing industry and the strategies they have developed to overcome them.

In addition to the general business, we will be providing an update on new initiatives for training and education for the upcoming year!

WCB Business Information Event – Yarmouth, Oct 6-7

As an employer, you must manage all aspects of your business – including the health and safety of your workers. You’re busy and you just want to know what is required of you so you can successfully run your business. We can help you navigate the complexities of regulation and legislation around workplace health and safety.


Industry Safety Associations have partnered with the Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia (WCB) and Labour and Advanced Education (LAE) to host a business information event.


Join us to learn about programs and services that can help your small or medium business be successful. Do you have questions about injury prevention, safety training, return-to-work management? We’ll have answers!


Over two days – October 6 and 7 – representatives from industry safety associations, the WCB and LAE will be available to answer your questions and help you identify resources to manage health and safety in your workplace. There will also be scheduled presentations on specific topics:   Read More >>>


  1. Policy Development Session – Substance Use in the Workplace

    January 10, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  2. Scotia Horticultural Congress

    January 28, 2019 - January 29, 2019
  3. NSFGA Annual Convention

    January 29, 2019 - January 30, 2019

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